A sense of freedom
NEW technology will allow Telethon Type 1 Family Centre chief executive Rebecca Johnson to swim the 19.7km Rottnest Channel Swim solo on Saturday. “A new technology came out that allows me to wear a sensor on my arm that I can scan and get my blood sugar level, rather than having to prick my finger for blood, which has enabled me to contemplate doing it solo,” she said. Ms Johnson said she had been training up to six times a week since August last year.
REBECCA Johnson will swim the arduous 19.7km Rottnest Channel Swim solo to demonstrate that “life with type 1 diabetes is a life without limits”.
The Telethon Type 1 Family Centre chief executive said new technology had enabled her to monitor her blood glucose levels without pricking her finger, a task that proved difficult in the middle of the ocean.
“A new technology came out that allows me to wear a sensor on my arm that I can scan and get my blood sugar level rather than having to prick my finger for blood, which has enabled me to contemplate doing it as a solo,” she said.
“When I’m swimming and wet and freezing cold, I can’t get blood so I can’t test. I don’t feel I could do it without it.”
The Leederville resident said she wanted to drive home the message that people with type 1 diabetes could do any task they set their minds to.
“The main message that we have at the family centre in everything that we do is ‘a life with type 1 is a life without limits,” she said.
“I think when people are diagnosed they can really see restrictive factors in front of them, but whatever you want to aspire to you can go for those dreams and you can achieve them.”
Johnson said she had been training up to six times a week since August.
“When I was ramping my training up at the beginning, it took six weeks for me to adjust my diabetes strategy so that I didn’t crash every time I got in the pool,” she said.
“I had to readjust all of my insulin doses, I had to change some of my insulin types, my diet, a whole diabetes management overhaul in order to attempt it.”
With under a week until the swim, Ms Johnson said she felt strong and prepared.
“I’ve got an amazing team to support me and it really is a great event,” she said.
Johnson is dedicating her long training hours to the Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre.
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Telethon Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre chief executive Rebecca Johnson will take on the Rottnest Channel Swim.
‘A life without limits’... Rebecca Johnson.